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Persistence Pays: All Iowa Reads Author Robin Oliveira Discusses “My Name Is Mary Sutter,” April 22 and 23 at Area Libraries
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: News/Features

Category: Literature

2015-04-16 14:18:49

In the opening chapter of Robin Oliveira’s My Name Is Mary Sutter, the midwife of the title shows up at the door of a doctor struggling with a childbirth. It is the dawn of the Civil War, and Sutter expertly takes over, changing the baby’s position in the womb and delivering him without complication.

There has been some confusion, however. The surgeon had summoned her, but Mary was unaware of that. She had come on her own, having been denied an interview at the Albany Medical College, and she had a request of the doctor.

“Miss Sutter,” the physician asks after the baby has been safely delivered, “what was it you wanted from me this afternoon?”

Her reply propels Oliveira’s debut novel: “I want to become a doctor.” And her tenacity – at the doctor’s office and at a Sutter family dinner that night – shows that she won’t accept “no” for an answer.

The doctor wants to be a field surgeon in the war effort, and Mary presses him during the meat course: “You want to see what can happen to the human body. You want to see inside it. You want to solve its mysteries. Not that you should be ashamed. It is no less than I would wish to do. Given the opportunity.”

Without forcing the parallel, there’s a lot of Mary Sutter in Robin Oliveira, who will be discussing her 2010 book at three area libraries April 22 and 23 as part of the All Iowa Reads program. And in both Sutter’s and Oliveira’s stories are important lessons about the power of persistence.


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A Lifelong Commitment to Iowa: Zachary Michael Jack, July 21 at the Bettendorf Public Library
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: News/Features

Category: Literature

2011-07-14 13:24:35

Zachary Michael Jack

Author Zachary Michael Jack is a seventh-generation Iowan – the son of a farmer – who lives in Jones County, and like many people with deep roots in the Hawkeye State, his identity is intertwined with his home.

“It’s a state that we imprint very strongly on where we’re from and [that] we consider a lifelong commitment,” he said in a phone interview this week. “Each person manifests that advocacy in different ways. ...

“If you do love a place, part of that love ultimately evolves into advocacy for that place. ... Kind of put your weight behind things that are homegrown.”

The 37-year-old Jack – who will speak and read from his creative-nonfiction book Native Soulmate (scheduled for September release) at the Bettendorf Public Library on July 21 – is throwing his weight around in writing. An associate professor of English at North Central College, he has edited Iowa: The Definitive Collection and Letters to a Young Iowan: Good Sense from the Good Folks of Iowa for Young People Everywhere.

But with last year’s What Cheer, Jack started on a new path. It was his first novel, and a mystery wrapped around a love story – in the conventional man-and-woman sense, but also reflecting a love of the Midwest and of traditions and things nearly lost to time.


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A Voice for the Voiceless: Heather Gudenkauf, April 16 at the Bettendorf Public Library
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: News/Features

Category: Literature

2011-04-07 03:55:35

Heather GudenkaufLike many people, Heather Gudenkauf thought she had a novel in her. But that’s where her story breaks from the usual.

She wrote that novel and got a literary agent. And then she found a publisher (Mira Books, an imprint of Harlequin Enterprises) willing to give her an advance-against-royalties deal. And then The Weight of Slience sold more than 300,000 copies.

It’s rare enough for an aspiring author to actually finish that dreamed-of novel, but in the book world today, it’s virtually unheard of for a previously unpublished writer to have the success that Gudenkauf has found. “That’s what I’ve been told,” she said in a phone interview last week, promoting her April 16 appearance at the Bettendorf Public Library.


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Art in Plain Sight: Bettendorf Learning Campus
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Art

Category: Feature Stories

2010-12-29 16:46:58

Matt Kargol, ‘Passages.’ Photo by Bruce Walters.

Passages is a grouping of four rectangular columns prominently placed between the Family Museum and the Bettendorf Public Library on Learning Campus Drive. The column closest to the library lies flat on the ground. In sequence, the other three stand angled at 45 degrees, 67 degrees, and finally fully vertical. The effect of these 18-foot-tall, stainless-steel columns rising in a stop-motion progression is impressive.

Yet what ultimately catches one’s attention is the brightly painted sphere perched precariously at the top of the standing column. An area the size of the sphere has been scooped out of the other columns. These smooth inverse curves are painted in the same bright colors as the sphere – yellow, red, and green – and visually soften the angular metal impact of the sculptural group. They feel like a finger’s indent in a stick of butter. The positioning of these indents creates an illusion of an upward trajectory or path that the sphere has taken.


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